The meeting is Thursday, October 1, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:15 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)
In August we concluded a SEVEN MONTH Spring/Summer Speaker Series that delivered information about C&S plants from around the world by speakers from far and near, new and familiar. Accolades to Stephenie Thomas and her supporters, Pete Duncombe and Victor Lindsey for arranging these fine programs. The theme of the fall speaker series will be that of head on, brute force education...its going to be more "HOW & WHY TO" or "HERE'S A LIST." The next several meetings will deliver information on irrigation, appropriate plant material, introduction of species into new climates, propagation and grafting. Future sessions will be planned with soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, and more transplanting. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. This month we start off with DESERT IRRIGATION 101.
About the Speakers: Pete and John Duncombe
Pete is a long time employee at the Springs Preserve and has served the needs of the gardens and landscape there for years. Prior to that, he was at our former Desert Demonstration Garden. John is Pete's son and while not following exactly in Dad's footsteps, is certainly headed toward a career in landscape architecture and state-of-the-art desert landscape management.
TOPIC: "Desert Irrigation 101"
The sepia tone photo of desert clouds, brush and Joshua Tree is contributed by member, Rick Holmes (see more of Rick's work in the galleries). While the natural desert landscape is lovely in its own right, most of us want a slightly different look in our residential outdoor living space. That's why this "kick off program" is about irrigation. There's a wide range of issues and techniques that need review when it comes to irrigation in the desert. This month the topic carries with it "101" because there is likely to be at least one sequel. This session is about the basic infrastructure required to support a residential irrigation system that conforms to plant needs, building codes imposed by law in Clark County, and watering restrictions of the SNWA.
Some hardware will be on display for demonstration purposes. Some related NEW items will be in the raffle.
FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February TBD, etc. but we have plans for more education!
2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.
Education is the thrust of the Fall Speaker Series and what perfect timing! There's a new book just published by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO GASTERIA, HAWORTHIA, AGAVE AND OTHER SUCCULENT MONOCOTS by Tom Glavich. This is a nice compendium of articles written on the subject and previously published in the bimonthly newsletter of the CSSA, To the Point.